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This December's climate change summit in Paris could at last see an ambitious, legally binding deal. For the first time, this would encompass the bulk of global greenhouse gas emissions, since the biggest emitters -- including the U.S., China, and India -- are now closely engaged in the negotiation process.
The terrorist attacks in Paris continue to reverberate, magnified unavoidably by the 24/7 global electronic media. Predictably, the grimmest and most gruesome information is emphasized, with endless speculation. The more alarming the possibility, the more of interest it is to the talking heads.
A big question people have been asking since mainland China's leaders propounded the concept of Chinese Dream in 2012 is: What is the symbol of the mainland rejuvenation? Now we can say that the revival of the Silk Road is that symbol, not only for the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, but also the rejuvenation of European, Asian and African nations, because it integrates the Chinese Dream with the dream of the world.
In a stern and sweeping rebuke to North Korea's human rights abuses, a U.N. committee has slammed the repressive communist regime in an annual report on "The Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea." In a vote of 112 in favor, and 19 against, with 50 abstentions, the Third Committee (political) passed a resolution that once again keeps international pressure on Pyongyang in the midst of an impending visit to the reclusive country by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
He has come within minutes of his death before. Once, the rain delayed the execution. He waited for hours under a tin roof for the rain to stop. Eventually, the authorities postponed the execution as the rain lingered on.
The way out of the present imbroglio starts from the realization that Nepal's social formation and geopolitics present enormous complexities even for the most learned of scholars.
Mainland China might be enjoying a quiet chuckle. A year after the spirited pro-democracy upheaval in Hong Kong, the country remains fractured on the core issue of Beijing's influence.
Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi's self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate -- also called ISIS, ISIL and Daesh -- has claimed responsibility for the multiple terror strikes across Paris on Nov. 13, in which 130 civilians were killed and over 300 seriously injured.
Barack Obama, who has dubbed himself "America's first Pacific President," made his sixth trip to the region last week to attend meetings in Manila and Kuala Lumpur.
Leaders ASEAN meeting in Kuala Lumpur over the weekend, restated their intention to build a genuine sense of community in the region, but there is general acknowledgement that their major challenge is to resolve the dispute over territorial rights in the South China Sea.
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